Where can I get the Roland D-20 guide book for MIDI? I looked at RolandUs.com but they didn't have it there.

  • There are plenty of books on MIDI. Can you elaborate on what particular aspects of MIDI you are interested in? What do you want to use MIDI for?
    – Mark Heath
    Commented May 2, 2011 at 22:12
  • I've been reading the manual to my Roland D-20. I got to the second volume of it and it said to read the "MIDI Guide book" before proceeding.
    – Dan the Man
    Commented May 2, 2011 at 22:17
  • @Mark Heath any help?
    – Dan the Man
    Commented May 2, 2011 at 22:39
  • It sounds like it is referring to a specific book, so it is hard to know what that book covers.
    – Mark Heath
    Commented May 2, 2011 at 22:58
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    As asked, the question is really vague. It sounds like you want a general guide to MIDI, but the in the comments, it sounds like you are looking for a specific book for your synthesizer. Could you edit your question to clarify?
    – Warrior Bob
    Commented May 3, 2011 at 14:31

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Have a read of this short Introduction to MIDI PDF from Roland. This will give you an overview of what MIDI is and what it can be used for. Then you might be in a better position to tell us what topics you are interested in exploring further.

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    +1 That has to be the most detailed and relevant introduction to MIDI I have ever seen. Commented May 3, 2011 at 20:41

The manual actually says:

When using the D-20 in Multi Timbral mode, please read the supplied "MIDI Guide book" before this owners manual.

Apparently the keyboard originally came with the MIDI Guide book. I was unable to find it online.

From what I have seen in the D-50 owners manuals about MIDI and from what I can infer from the D-20 manual, I don't think it would be much help to you.

The document recommended by Mark Heath would be a great place to start. On page 7 it describes that "Multitimbral" simply means that the device can play multiple sounds at the same time.

  • Thanks for trying to find it. I couldn't find one either.
    – Dan the Man
    Commented May 6, 2011 at 19:30

The original "MIDI Guide Book" supplied with the D-20 and other new Roland synths/samplers can be downloaded from the archive.org website


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